Historic St. Mary’s has a history of welcoming new bishops to Albany. Our people were here to welcome the first Bishop of Albany, John Cardinal McCloskey – we were honored to work with the ninth bishop, Howard Hubbard, for the past 37 years (and for many years before that as he ministered in downtown Albany) and now we are pleased to welcome our tenth bishop, Edward Scharfenberger. We welcome him in his desire to listen as he leads, to serve as a pastor in the manner of Pope Francis and to welcome back all who may have been hurt or become disenchanted with the Church. We pray that he will guide and help all of us to celebrate our faith as we center it on the loving example of Jesus, our Lord.
Prayer for Bishop – Elect Edward Scharfenberger
Most generous God, we thank you and praise you for your many gifts. You have always blessed your Church of Albany with dedicated and prayerful pastors who have provided us with solid direction.
We are especially grateful to you for the many years of faithful, loving service we have received from Bishop Howard Hubbard who has been our stalwart shepherd, in times of trouble and times of joy.
Now we pray to warmly and joyfully receive our new bishop, Edward Scharfenberger.
In your goodness, we ask your blessing upon Bishop-elect Scharfenberger.
May his prayerfulness inspire us to seek a deeper relationship with you. Conscious of your justice, may his teaching guide us to loving concern for all people. Through his leadership, may our parishes, schools and institutions be a home for all who seek you so that your Church may thrive and grow in this young century and for ages to come.
We ask this is the name of Jesus, the Lord, in the grace of your Holy Spirit. Amen.